Mistaken Identity: Nigerian Sues Canadian Govt $10m Over Illegal Detention

Olajide Ogunye,


LAGOS JUNE 19TH (NEWSRANGERS)-A 47-year-old Nigerian-Canadian man, Olajide Ogunye, is reportedly suing the Canadian government following his arrest and detention by border agents, despite providing proof of his citizenship.
According to The Guardian, Ogunye is suing the Canadian government to the tune of $10m in compensation, after he was held in detention for eight months.

Ogunye’s lawyer has described his client’s treatment as a “profoundly disturbing” case of mistaken identity.
The reports revealed that Ogunye was approached by border agents and detained his home in Toronto in June 2016, even after he had produced citizenship papers and a government-issued health card.
According to the reports, the validity of Ogunye’s documents was disputed by the agents, which led to his detention at a facility close to Toronto Pearson airport.
The agents took his fingerprints and alleged that his prints matched those of a fraudulent refugee claimant who was reportedly deported to Nigeria in the 1990s.
Ogunye’s lawyer, Adam Hummel said, “It is shocking.
“Even people who are having their citizenship revoked … are not detained like this.”
According to Hummel, the results of the fingerprint analysis which was never shown to his client were reportedly contradicted by numerous sworn affidavits from friends and neighbours who have known Ogunye for years.
Hummel and his client have charged the government with breach of Ogunye’s constitutional rights; The case was filed in Ontario superior court on May 30, 2018.
Ogunye who was reportedly immigrated to Canada from Nigeria with his family and became a Canadian citizen in 1996, was prevented from contacting his family members during the course of the detention. He was said to have been placed on suicide watch due to the trauma of his detention.
Speaking with CBC, Ogunye said, “One time, for the whole month, I was crying nonstop. I was crying continuously.”
He was later released in February 2017.

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